They can’t make $ due to the ongoing customer support and warranty overhead costs, so they basically blackmail their existing customer base into purchasing new hardware and/or signing up for a new higher recurring extortion fee? They are headed towards bankruptcy.
Just wanted to provide small bit of clarification on the licensing. I am a Sophos partner and deploy their FWs. The licensing changes are for ‘term’ licensing not for MSP licensing. As an MSP I can activate / deactivate a FW as necessary, so licensing is month to month. Only restriction that I am aware of is at EOL where the device will no longer be supported. I can say I am not quite sure if it would be bricked at this point or would still function as a basic FW with no subscription (protection), but I wouldn’t run it that way anyhow). I am not married to Sophos but IMO it is a good solution, especially with their endpoint software, which when coupled with the FW provides ‘Synchronized Security’, which will isolate the endpoint should it become infected. I do plan at some point in near future to check out pfSense & Zorus.